Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Sep 2018 23:34 UTC

"People have a really hard time understanding URLs," says Adrienne Porter Felt, Chrome's engineering manager. "They're hard to read, it's hard to know which part of them is supposed to be trusted, and in general I don't think URLs are working as a good way to convey site identity. So we want to move toward a place where web identity is understandable by everyone - they know who they're talking to when they're using a website and they can reason about whether they can trust them. But this will mean big changes in how and when Chrome displays URLs. We want to challenge how URLs should be displayed and question it as we're figuring out the right way to convey identity."

Judging by the reactions across the web to this news, I'm going to have the minority opinion by saying that I'm actually a proponent of looking at what's wrong with the status quo so we can try to improve it. Computing is actually an incredibly conservative industry, and far too often the reaction to "can we do this better?" is "no, because it's always been that way".

That being said, I'm not a fan of such an undertaking in this specific case being done by a for-profit, closed entity such as Google. I know the Chromium project is open source, but it's effectively a Google project and what they decide goes - an important effort such as modernizing the URL scheme should be an industry-wide effort.

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RE[7]: Conservative
by shogun56 on Fri 7th Sep 2018 19:28 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Conservative"
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We (anglocentric) invented the Internet. We defined the term 'plain text'. That other cultures use other languages which can't be expressed in 7-bit ASCII is too damn bad. Use the methods expressly crafted to enable support of Unicode/UTF-8/JIS etc.

If you don't use the correct and proper way to encode/encapsulate your datastream, the problem is YOU.

Edited 2018-09-07 19:36 UTC

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RE[8]: Conservative
by zima on Sat 8th Sep 2018 01:39 in reply to "RE[7]: Conservative"
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Hm, the earlier French Cyclades network was very influential on the design of Internet. And World Wide Web was invented on French-Swiss border (with the part of the building where it was invented on the French side ;) )

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